Nikon 105mm f/2 AF-D DC Nikkor Telephoto Lens - U.S.A. Warranty

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About Nikon 105mm F/2



The Nikon 105mm F/2 is commonly used for Low light, Portraits, Weddings and more.The Nikon 105mm F/2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Nikon 105mm F/2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 105mm F/2: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Strong construction (32),Durable (26),Rugged (26),Nice bokeh (25),Fast / accurate auto-focus (23),Consistent output (22),Easily interchangeable (13),Lightweight (10)
Cons:
Heavy (6),Slow focus (5)
Best Uses:
Low light (14),Portraits (13),Weddings (13),Night photography (7),Landscape/scenery (5),General purpose (4),Macro photography (3),Sports/action (3),Wildlife photos (3),Special effects (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (11),Semi-pro photographer (8),Pro photographer (6),Enthusiast (5),Semi-professional (3)

Nikon 105mm F/2 Features

  • Portrait lens with Nikon's exclusive Defocus Control.
  • Change the appearance of out of focus elements so that they appear softer or coarser
  • Rear focusing for fast AF operation
  • Fast, medium telephoto lens featuring Defocus-image Control
  • Rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural

Nikon 105mm F/2 Specifications

Construction
6 groups /6 elements
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Note: AF not supported by D40 and D60 cameras
Angle of view
23° 30'
F stop range
f/2
Closest Focusing Distance
0.9m/3 ft.
Filter Size
72mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
4.4 x 3.1 inches
Weight
21.9 oz
Notes
Defocus Control.

Nikon 105mm F/2 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.8

(based on 49 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

one of Nikkor's best

This is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever owned. The contrast is amazing, and bokeh is to be looked up to by most other lenses. If you are looking for a tight portrait lens this is the one. Defocus control is revolutionary.

Reviewed by 49 customers

 
5.0

Just as Sharp as Advertised

By

from Boston area  -  Photo Enthusiast

I finally decided to get this wonderful lens and I am extremely happy that I did. Fabulously sharp, handles well on my D800E, and the built-in lens hood is a bonus.

 
5.0

Ideal Portrait Lens

By

from Montgomery, AL  -  Pro Photographer

One of my most prized possessions from years back was a Nikkor 105. In 1974 it was the sharpest thing going. Now, many years later, I have gotten my hands on a lens that is certainlt its egual, if not better. This lens is a bit heavier than the old Nikkor,but with the ability to have selective focus for background or foreground, the versatility only increases. The bokeh is beautiful, and on my d610, it may well become my favorite lens for general photography.

 
5.0

Absolutely amazing portrait lens

By

from Grand Forks, ND  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I used this Nikon 105mm f/2 AF-D DC for the first time with a Nikon Df a few weeks ago at the WonderCon 2014 convention in Anaheim California. This lens was just amazing! It was tack sharp and had a beautiful creamy bokeh. The autofocus was fast but did hunt around a few times when shooting inside, but this really was not much of an issue. This lens is made in Japan and built like a tank! If you are doing portraits get this lens.

 
5.0

Absolutely amazing portrait lens

By

from Grand Forks, ND  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I used this Nikon 105mm f/2 AF-D DC for the first time with a Nikon Df a few weeks ago at the WonderCon Convention in Anaheim California. This lens was just amazing! It was tack sharp and had a beautiful creamy bokeh. The autofocus was fast but did hunt around a few times when shooting inside, but this really was not much of an issue. This lens is made in Japan and built like a tank! If you are doing portraits get this lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent lens that lives up to the hype

By

from Ireland  -  Photo Enthusiast

An excellent lens that appears to bring about love and hate in equal measure from the internet. It rewards slow and deliberate techniques. The lens is not designed for high speed photography. Much less of a learning curve than Imagon's or Canon's FD 85mm soft focus/portrait lenses. Autofocus is fast but not blazingly so, reflecting the screw-based AF. The lens is well made but that means that it is fairly heavy. Not excessively so but enough that you will know that this is not a "plastic fantastic" piece of kit.

 
5.0

A new favorite

By

from Pittsburgh, PA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I'm having a hard time taking this bokehlicious prime off of my camera. I suspect it will be a fixture like my first copy of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" that didn't exit my car for almost a year. I have found this to be most useful as a portrait lens but it's not a one trick pony. I also like using it for casual nature photos and indoor low light shoots. The resulting output is always consistent and very sharp in spite of the fact that there is no VR on this lens. The defocus ring is a cool feature that works nicely as well. It takes a little getting used to but yields great results. The only drawback I have found is that the autofocus in low light can be a bit slow. After focus is locked, things always go well though. I will be enjoying this lens for a long time because the build quality is fantastic.

 
5.0

None better

By

from St. Louis, MO, USA

This is the only Nikkor lens I have used that reminds me of the Leica glass I used to use. The results are unique. No it is not the "sharpest" lens made and the DC feature is somewhat obsolete with the advent of Photoslop, but pictures delineated with this tool at f2.0 are unlike any other.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful with D7100

By

from San Antonio  -  Photo Enthusiast

Thought I'd add on to my prior review. Upgraded to a D7100. Shot two swim meets with the D7100/105 DC. I like this combo a lot. Imagine shooting with an impossibly light 210mm f2...with the 1.3 crop mode that's what you get. Focus is bang on every time. With 7fps I'm getting about 4-6 shots coming off the blocks (still in the air). With JPEG I'm not having any issues with buffer size either incidentally. The sharpness of the lens works well with the pixel density. Need 1/2 as much AF fine tune vs the D7000 (7 vs 13). Seems to focus more accurately and more quickly too. My portrait focus hit rate seems better. It was a bummer to take the hit trading in the D7000 but I'm very happy with the results I'm getting here.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Nikkor 105 is the king of Bokeh

By

from Denver, CO  -  Pro Photographer

Awesome lens. Solid construction. And razor sharp.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Portrait Lens

By

from Connecticut  -  Photography Student

Great portrait lens. Great for formal events, i.e. weddings and dances. Also great for family events. Slow focusing, but the image/glass quality is undoubtedly the best Nikon has to offer.

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Shopper  How is this lens on the D600?
I-HENG H  It works reasonably well on D800, I'm sure it would work on D600 also. One note on chromatic aberration, at large aperture, significant purple fringes can occur at high pixel density, thus care should be taken when using large aperture in low light condition.
Debbie S  Can this lense be used on a D-90?
DAVID J K  I've no reason to think it would not fit. The aperture is adjusted with a standard Nikkor ring, not with a knob on the camera body. The only question I am unsure about is whether there is any mechanical interference between the lens body and the prism/meter of the D90. But, I doubt that would be a problem. I have used a lens of this type on a D300, but not a D90.
Bob T  Is this lens compatible with the Nikon D610?
GERALD M  Look here: Go to imaging nikon com and check the lens compatibility for the D610. You will see that the camera is compatible with AF-D Nikkor lenses. Regards
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